A History of India

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-24
  • Publisher: Routledge
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A History of Indiapresents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present in a compact and readable survey. The authors examine the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent. Providing an authoritative and detailed account, Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund emphasise and analyse the structural pattern of Indian history. Revised throughout, the fifth edition of this highly accessible book brings the history of India up to date to consider, for example, the elections of 2009. In addition a great deal more material on cultural history, art and architecture has been included in the book, including 20 new illustrations. Heavily illustrated with notes and glossary, this is an attractive and useful student guide to Indian history.

Author Biography

Hermann Kulke is Professor Emeritus of Asian History at the University of Kiel. He is the author of Kings and Cults: State Formation and Legitimation in India and Southeast Asia (1993) and editor of The State in India 1000-1700 (1995). In 2010 he was awarded the order 'Padma Shri' by the Indian government. Dietmar Rothermund is Professor Emeritus of History at the South Asian Institute, University of Heidelberg. His books include India in the Great Depression (1992), The Global Impact of the Great Depression, 1929-1939 (1996), The Routledge Companion to Decolonization (2006) and India: The Rise of an Asian Giant (2008).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: History and the Environmentp. xii
Early Civilisations of the Northwestp. 1
Prehistory and the Indus civilisationp. 1
Immigration and settlement of the Indo-Aryansp. 12
The Great Ancient Empiresp. 26
The rise of the Gangetic culture and the great empires of the eastp. 26
Ashoka, the Beloved of the Godsp. 38
The end of the Maurya empire and the northern invadersp. 43
The classical age of the Guptasp. 54
Subjection and alliance: Shakas and Vakatakasp. 58
The rise of south Indiap. 63
The Regional Kingdoms of Early Medieval Indiap. 72
The rise and conflicts of regional kingdomsp. 72
Kings, princes and priests: the structure of Hindu realmsp. 86
The emergence of regional kingdomsp. 88
Gods, temples and poets: the growth of regional culturesp. 96
India's impact on southeast Asia: causes and consequencesp. 106
Religious Communities and Military Feudalism in the late Middle Agesp. 113
The Islamic conquest of northern India and the sultanate of Delhip. 113
The problems of administrative penetrationp. 125
The states of central and southern India in the period of the sultanate of Delhip. 127
The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Empirep. 139
The great Mughals and their adversariesp. 139
Indian land power and European sea powerp. 155
The struggle for supremacy in Indiap. 165
The Period of Colonial Rulep. 178
Company Bahadur: trader and rulerp. 178
The colonial economyp. 190
The regional impact of British rulep. 194
The pattern of constitutional reformp. 207
The Freedom Movement and the Partition of Indiap. 211
The Indian freedom movementp. 211
The return to the constitutional arenap. 221
The partition of Indiap. 231
The Republicp. 242
Internal affairs and political developmentp. 242
External affairs: global and regional dimensionsp. 269
Perspectivesp. 287
Glossary of Indian termsp. 289
Chronologyp. 293
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 320
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